Following the addition of ShamRockers: Éire To Rock, NJ online casino players can now jig their way over to an all-new Ireland-themed slot in the shape of Emerald Isle, a leprechaun-ridden game from NextGen.
Emerald Isle overview
New Jersey may be more Italian than Irish, but that hasn’t stopped online casinos granting slots fans in the Garden State some of the luck of the Irish by way of several green, white and orange games.
As you might expect, this game is jam-packed full of Irish imagery and symbols including leprechauns and their pots of gold, all set to the tune of peaceful forest music and the occasional bout of furious fiddling!
Where to play Emerald Isle online in New Jersey
Appropriately enough for players looking to find a proverbial pot of gold beneath an Irish rainbow, Emerald Isle is available to play exclusively at Golden Nugget.
Golden Nugget is one of the best NJ online casinos, offering all new players a nearly-no-strings $20 free when they sign up, plus a match deposit bonus up to $1,000.
Emerald Isle gameplay
Emerald Isle is a fairly standard online slot in terms of base gameplay, with 20 paylines and a 5×3 reel grid. Coin bets range from $0.01 to $2 per payline, for a pretty wide betting range that will suit all bankrolls.
The reels are, appropriately enough, decked out in green and gold. The symbols spin around before the backdrop of a tranquil Irish forest.
The symbols themselves are familiar enough to NJ online slots aficionados, with the standard poker card rankings (carrying a Celtic twist) joining more Irish imagery.
Said imagery features a redheaded Irish maiden, a pot of gold, a four-leaf clover and of course a leprechaun, which is both wild and the highest-paying symbol.
Emerald Isle special features
The Free Games feature is a veritable pot of gold, triggered as you might expect by rainbows. Three rainbows, in fact; hit three scatter symbols to receive 10 free games with all prizes tripled.
The bonus round is a classic pick ‘em game, triggered when you land a wild leprechaun symbol on reels one and five.
You’ll have to pick one of two pots of gold to net an instant cash win.
Emerald Isle: the positives
Graphics and music
It’s not surprising that NextGen, acclaimed in the world of online slots as they are, have delivered again on the aesthetic front. Regardless of what you think about any of their games, they always look the part.
The bonus features in this game are pretty simple, but there’s nothing wrong with a nice and minimalist approach. The free games feature boasts triple prizes, which is obviously excellent.
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Do we need another Irish slot?
There’s very little actually wrong with this game, but at the same time there’s not a huge number of things that are really stand-out about it, either.
At the end of the day, it’s just another addition to an already too-long list of Ireland-themed slots.
Emerald Isle: the scores
Graphics and soundtrack: 4/5
NextGen – enough said. It’s definitely not the company’s best work in terms of graphics and animation.
But even NextGen’s off-day is much better than the majority of online slots software available at legal NJ gambling websites.
Originality and creativity: 1/5
There are literally more Ireland-themed and leprechaun-focused slots in New Jersey’s online casinos than you can shake a druid’s staff at. This game is just another leaf on the clover.
Play value: 4/5
With a return to player percentage of 96.59 percent, the value of this game is definitely one of the better things about it. Players looking to clear Golden Nugget’s $1,000 first deposit bonus could do worse than spin the reels on this game.
Jackpot potential: 2/5
The luck of the Irish has run out here. You’ll be able to win a pretty hefty five-figure prize if the stars align.
But compared to some of the jackpots out there, Emerald Isle is lacking.
Repeat play: 2/5 or 5/5
For an existing Golden Nugget player, the repeat value of this game is pretty mediocre, with just a nice RTP going for it.
However, new players trying to clear the $1,000 first deposit bonus should definitely make a stop on the shores of Galway.
Total score: 13/25 or 16/25
All in all, this is a fairly average game, with not a lot going for or against it.
It’s a fine starting point for new players, especially in conjunction with a first deposit bonus, but online slots veterans may want to explore new games.
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